The latest news from Weetwood
We are pleased to see development at The Airfields continuing at pace. We developed the site wide Flood Mitigation Plan which helped secure the original Outline approval in 2013. We have subsequently prepared Flood Consequences Assessments to support both the Phase 1 Infrastructure Works and Phase 1 Enabling Works reserved matters applications. These works included the construction of a new open channel and swales to manage surface water and alleviate flooding.
More information is contained in this report.
Weetwood have today submitted our response to Welsh Government providing our comments on the Technical Advice Note 15 (TAN15): Development, flooding and coastal erosion, October 2019 consultation document.
A copy of our response can be viewed here.
Weetwood are pleased to have secured SAB approval from Wrexham CBC for the new SuDS scheme at the Towers Nursery.
We are delighted to have assisted with gaining planning approval for a Soil Treatment Facility at the existing Maw Green Landfill site near Crewe. In support of the application Weetwood produced a Flood Risk and Drainage Assessment, which include a strategy for the storage and treatment of the effluent arising from the on-site processes.
Weetwood are keen to support membership of professional bodies by employees and we are happy to be able to congratulate Managing Director Kevin Tilford on his successful application for Fellow membership of CIWEM.
Kevin has said: "Following a professional review process, I am delighted that my application for Fellow member of the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management has been approved. I have been a member of the institution for over 20 years and never in its 125 year history has its work been more relevant or more necessary. Weetwood has always encouraged and supported all its staff in achieving professional accreditation through CIWEM and looks forward to promoting and actively supporting CIWEM for many years to come.”
We are pleased to have assisted AXIS with gaining planning approval for safety improvements at Barton Aerodrome in Manchester. In support of the application Weetwood produced a Flood Risk Assessment. This included a basic hydraulic assessment of Boyle Brook, a small watercourse flowing through the western section of the aerodrome, in order to establish the existing fluvial flood risk at the site.
Each year, Weetwood makes a contribution to one or more charities proposed by its staff. This year, a donation of £300 has been made to the Leeds Branch of the Riding for Disabled Association (www.rda.org.uk), £100 to Share (helping homeless people) (shareaid.co.uk) and £100 to Toilet Twinning (bringing clean water and safe sanitation to the world's poorest people) (toilettwinning.org). Weetwood also has also contributed £50 to the Teenage Cancer Trust through sponsorship of a professional partner organisation.
We are delighted to have helped BP secure planning permission for a new petrol filling station located in Flood Zone 3 (high probability of river flooding) in Norton/Malton, North Yorkshire. The refusal to grant permission by Ryedale District Council was overturned by the planning inspector following an appeal hearing in September 2019. Kevin Tilford, Weetwood MD acted as BP’s expert witness on flood risk and drainage, worked closely with the appeal team that included Craig Howell-Williams QC, Addleshaw Goddard (instructing solicitors) , Rapleys (Planning Consultant) and Markides (highways and transportation consultants) on the appeal hearing.
Weetwood are delighted to have assisted with another successful planning application at Cosgrove Park in Milton Keynes. The caravan park is predominately located in Flood Zones 3a and 3b, and is situated at the confluence of the River Tove and the River Great Ouse. We produced a Flood Risk Assessment in support of an application to allow caravans to remain on pitch during the closed winter season. This is the 7th planning approval we have supported at the site since 2014.
Weetwood is delighted to have helped secure planning consent in connection with Cowden Holiday Park for 38 static holiday caravans on a greenfield site 6 miles south of Hornsea on the east coast, despite considerable local opposition on flood risk and drainage grounds. Working alongside Edwardson Associates planning consultants, Weetwood undertook a flood risk assessment and prepared a surface and foul water drainage strategy including a packaged treatment plant for the proposals and a second plant to replace a failing septic tank that treats foul water from an existing public house and 13 existing caravans.
Weetwood is delighted to have helped Coletta & Tyson secure planning consent for the expansion of its commercial plant nursery facility located between Beverley and Hull. Working alongside Edwardson Associates planning consultants, Weetwood undertook a flood risk assessment and prepared a drainage strategy for the proposals that included the erection of over 250,000 sq ft of new glasshouses, the conversion of existing farm buildings to office use and the construction of a reservoir for plant irrigation and as an integral part of a sustainable drainage strategy for the site. Much of the site is located in Flood Zone 3 (high risk of river flooding).
Weetwood are pleased to have worked with both Strategic Land Group and Macbryde Homes developing flood risk and surface water drainage solutions to help facilitate delivery of a site in Penyffordd that has been granted planning for 32 homes.
Weetwood is pleased to have assisted Smurfit Kappa to obtain planning permission to extend their factory in Mold, North Wales. We developed a detailed 1D-2D hydraulic model of a small watercourse that flows through the site, which will need to be realigned in order to facilitate the extension. Our FCA report included a culvert blockage assessment using our hydraulic model to assess residual flood risks accurately. Weetwood also developed a detailed surface water drainage strategy for the site using SuDS and engineered a mitigation solution for the existing separate drainage system that was present within the site.
We are delighted that full planning permission has today been granted for a residential development of 180 dwellings on land adjacent to the former Little Lea Green Farm, Lea Green, St Helens. Working on behalf of Lord St Helens, Weetwood worked closely with the project team, including Q+A Planning, Randall Thorp (landscape architects) and MPSL (architects) to develop a detailed drainage scheme that successfully accommodated the many site constraints and complied with planning policy and the requirements of United Utilities and St Helens Council.
We are pleased to have helped secure planning approval for a large improvement and modernisation scheme at the Bourne Leisure site Thornwick Bay Holiday Village in the East Riding of Yorkshire. Proposals included the relocation and construction of over 400 caravan pitches and the creation of a new lake covering almost 2 hectares, along with associated landscaping, pathways and a new nature reserve.
In support of the application we prepared a Flood Risk Assessment, which also included a flood mitigation channel to address flood risk from overland surface water flows at the existing Holiday Village. We also completed a Drainage Assessment, covering both surface and foul water drainage.
Weetwood is delighted to have helped Junction 4 Pallets Ltd secure planning permission for an extension to their existing manufacturing building in order to accommodate new pallet making lines. The site is located within Flood Zone 3 and is primarily at residual risk of tidal flooding (Humber Estuary) and from the West Moor Drain system.
Two recent planning approvals at Glasson Basin Marina and Diglis Basin Marina bring Weetwood to four successful marina applications since Autumn 2018. Working with British Waterways Marinas Ltd we prepared Flood Risk Assessments and Drainage Assessments for a variety of developments, including the change of use of existing leisure moorings to residential use, construction of new houseboats and the erection of a new warehouse building.
Weetwood is delighted to have helped Hollingsworth Brothers (UK) Ltd to obtain planning permission for the construction of a new industrial/business unit at a site located off Factory Road, Sandycroft. The site is located within flood Zone C2 and is primarily at risk from tidal breach flooding during extreme events. Our Flood Consequences Assessment was informed by our detailed hydraulic modelling assessment and it demonstrated that the site can be developed safely over its lifetime subject to mitigation measures. In order to obtain planning permission Weetwood took a prominent role in liaising with the Case Officer at Flintshire County Council.
Weetwood has assisted with another successful planning application at the Airbus Facility in Broughton, Flintshire. We produced a Flood Consequences Assessment for the application, based on outputs from a hydraulic modelling study of the River Dee we previously completed as part of a larger scheme at the Airbus site. Weetwood have been involved with developments at the Broughton Airbus facility for almost 20 years and this recent application brings us to five planning approvals at the site since 2017.
We are pleased to have helped secure planning permission for a new housing scheme which aims to help homeless people in Flintshire.
More information on the scheme can be found here:
Garden City Planning Application
We are happy to have assisted WE Black in obtaining full planning permission for 10 residential flats in Leighton Buzzard. Weetwood were involved with the project from the early stages, completing an Initial Appraisal of Flood Risk to advise on the suitability of the development given the Flood Zone 2 and 3 designation of the site. In support of the planning application Weetwood prepared a Sequential and Exception Test report, and Flood Risk and Drainage Assessment. Our work included hydraulic modelling of the adjacent watercourse and a detailed assessment of the impact of the development on the floodplain to ensure no increase in flood risk elsewhere.
Weetwood is delighted to have helped secure prior approval for a permitted development at Exeter House, Cranleigh, for the change in use from offices to four residential dwellings. The site was shown to be partially located within Flood Zone 3b in the Waverley Borough Council Strategic Flood Risk Assessment and therefore was considered inappropriate for residential development. However, Weetwood prepared a Flood Risk Assessment which found that the site to be located fully within Flood Zone 1, gaining the support of the Environment Agency.
We are delighted that Lancaster City Council has granted permission for the S73 application to allow Lidl to trade from the former PC World unit on the Kingsway Retail Park, Lancaster, with permission for associated external alterations to follow shortly with only a few conditions to deal with and no tricky planning agreements to negotiate or pay towards. The unit, car park and access are located entirely in Flood Zones 2 and 3, and Weetwood’s Flood Risk Assessment report robustly demonstrated that subject to the implementation of flood risk mitigation measures the proposed development would be safe from flood risk for its lifetime in accordance with national planning policy.
Weetwood is delighted to have helped secure planning consent for an application at Limehouse Marina, London. Weetwood prepared a Flood Risk Assessment in support of the application for the change of use of 25 existing leisure moorings to residential moorings, along with the construction of associated facilities including a new cycle store.
Weetwood has helped secure planning consent for 270 new houses at Sherburn-in-Elmet. Using hydraulic modelling we demonstrated that the site is entirely in Flood Zone 1 culminating in a successful flood map challenge and then undertook a flood risk assessment, developed a SuDS based surface water drainage scheme, a foul water drainage scheme and undertook a multi-utilities assessment for the development (which included the development of a solution for a gas main crossing the site).
For further details please contact Kevin Tilford.
The 2016 European Flood Modeller Suite Conference was held in London on 23rd November. Associate Director James Aldridge was there to deliver his presentation: Introduction to Model Calibration & Validation.
See his presentation online here
Weetwood has delivered another excellent CPD training course for Chester University on an Introduction to Flood Modelling. Course organiser Katharine Welsh said "The feedback was very positive and the participants all stated they found the course to be very valuable and well paced".
For further details on our CPD courses please contact Rebecca Ellis (Mold Office).
Weetwood is delighted to have helped secure Planning Permission for a large urban extension to Selby. The scheme includes proposals for over 850 new homes, local shops, a new primary school, public open space and children's play areas, new sports facilities and the relocation and enhancement of existing allotments. As part of the Section 106 agreement, the scheme will deliver a new access road from the A63 to open up a major employment site, affordable homes, and funding for the primary school and community facilities. Weetwood undertook a flood risk assessment of the site and developed a package of flood risk mitigation measures and also developed an exemplar scheme for sustainably draining surface water from the developed site based on source, site and regional control facilities. We also undertook an Environmental Impact Assessment of the water environment.
For further details please contact Kevin Tilford.
We are delighted to be associated with the £35m St James Retail Park scheme for which we undertook a flood risk assessment and developed a surface water drainage scheme (including survey of the on-site drainage and culverted watercourse). We look forward to developing the detailed design of the drainage scheme for discharge of conditions and construction in due course.
For further info: For further details please contact Keely Bonser.